The frogs was the second of a series of plagues. The first plague was turning the rivers and streams into blood. Somehow I get the impression that Pharaoh was not personally affected by the first plague. He probably had fresh water brought into the palace.
Oh, but the second plague was different. Now the palace is teeming with frogs and there was nothing Pharaoh could do about it… so he summoned Moses.
“Not in my back yard”
Let me take a detour here. In other words – it’s OK as long as it doesn’t affect YOU? Really?
- Same Sex Marriage
The list goes on and on. Magnetic North on our moral compass should be the word of God – not “what goes on behind closed doors is none of my business”. By the way, if you think that you are not suffering the consequences of the moral depravity of others – think again. The breakdown of the family is a priority of Satan for a reason. We are reaping a bitter harvest of liberty apart from moral anchoring.
Back to Moses and Pharaoh …
What was Pharaoh thinking?
I honestly don’t get it. Suffering from frogs in his bed, Pharaoh calls for Moses. Pharaoh agrees to let the people go (although he later reneged on his promise). Moses could have kept the frogs in place until Pharaoh set the people free. Instead, he give Pharaoh the honor of deciding when to send the frogs back to the Nile.
And Pharaoh says “tomorrow”?
Oh please, let me spend one more night with the frogs in my bed!
Obviously absurd, right?
But we all do the same thing.
- I’ll start exercising … tomorrow
- I’ll quit smoking … tomorrow
- I’ll start a daily bible devotional … tomorrow
- I’ll give my life to Christ … tomorrow
Take a Hint From Psychology
I majored in psychology at the People’s Republic of Florida State University. When dealing with a suicidal person, did you know it’s best not to try to talk them out of it? Instead, we should advise them that suicide is always an option later. In other words, tomorrow. You see, if we try to talk them out of it, we’re actually calling for a decision – and there’s a chance they’ll decide wrong. On the other hand, if we succeed in getting them to procrastinate … you get the point.
Procrastination is more than a parasite that sucks the joy from our lives. It’s an incideous cancer that we choose to embrace. I’ve got a better idea:
“Do it now. You can always procrastinate later.”